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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jul 30, 2011 4:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Apple Now Has More Cash Than The U.S. Government ?

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/07/28/businessinsider-apple-has-more-cash-on-hand-than-the-us-government-2011-7.DTL

Well, let's just say it like this, they both have a license to print money, but only Apple is in the black sitting on some $60 Billion in cash.

Stanford University had approximately $60 Billion in endowments and assets back before the big hurt in September 2008 and that changed dramatically. Now they are looking to expand into New York, that'll be an interesting experiment.

No one since Bill Graham has done more for the Music industry than Steve Jobs. i-tunes has brought forth a unique horizontal niche revenue stream for several artists particularly when compared to the likes of Clear Channel.

Folks forget that Steve was a hippie back in the day who also had a strong inventor partner and a visionary business acumen. Then, in complete hippie fashion, he let Bill Gates into the house and Bill completely robbed the safe, jewelry, artwork and the wine cellar laughing all the way out the back door.

Steve was completely devestated by his mistake, he needed to step away and regain his bearing's, and upon his return had learned one of the most important lesson's in life, "no one is trustworthy".

And it's well understood the angst of folks like Bon Jovi who love the look, feel and sound of vinyl, who doesn't?

It was big of Monte to step down from his "industrial hippie" horse recently demonstrating both humility and compassion, two great human qualities seldom seen around these parts.

It ain't Apple that you need to worry about, it's the movement in Texas from the Oil companies who are positioning and supporting a Rick Perry run towards the White House in 2012. Heaven help all of us if the running mate selection is Michelle Bachmann!

Personally Monte, i prefer your picture from the cradle!

:)




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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Jul 29, 2011 6:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apple Now Has More Cash Than The U.S. Government ?

"No one since Bill Graham has done more for the Music industry than Steve Jobs." Just when I thought these two could never be mentioned in the same sentence'.... please pass the shrooms'..

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jul 30, 2011 4:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apple Now Has More Cash Than The U.S. Government ?

Aarrgghh!

Bruins repeat? Shit we just got Carlos Beltran and if Cody Ross can hop up on the pony he rode last Sept/Oct/Nov after kicking the Phillies ass this week we just might stand a chance at a repeat.

The Bay Area hasn't seen a repeat since the Joe Montana - Steve Young day's and Jerry's comeback, 1987, 88, 89, 90.



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Poster: St. Vitus Date: Jul 29, 2011 8:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apple Now Has More Cash Than The U.S. Government ?

I'd like to see Apple hit the share button more often.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Sep 20, 2011 11:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: We'll buy your old iPhones! Even if they are broken!

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jul 30, 2011 7:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apple has more cash than the U.S. Postal Service

Monte the Taper - hiking along the Appalachian Trail - Maine, 1977
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Post office closings threaten Appalachian Trail hikers

atmap.gifHiking the nearly 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail already is grueling, and the U.S. Postal Service may make it even tougher. A plan to close rural post offices could shutter several outposts long used by hikers to receive food and gear as they walk the trail from Georgia to Maine.

Closing the post offices in Fontana Dam, N.C.; Glencliff, N.H.; and Caratunk, Maine, would leave hikers without an easy way to get food and switch out equipment at critical points during their treks, which usually take between four and six months. Those key locations and some others near the trail are being reviewed for closure, though no final decision has been made.

The threat of closures along the Appalachian Trail is mirrored in the West for thousands who traverse sections of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Mexico to Canada. At least three rural post offices along the route are being considered for closure in California and Washington, including the last stop before Canada: Stehekin, Wash. The wilderness community reachable only by boat, floatplane or on foot.

Backpackers would have to carry many more pounds of food between stops, which would make the trip more difficult and less enjoyable, said Heather Tilert, a 28-year-old from New York who hiked the trail last year.

The Appalachian Trail hikers typically walk or hitchhike into nearby towns for supplies every week or so, and many are on tight budgets. In some spots, discount stores provide the ramen noodles and peanut butter used to replace the thousands of calories hikers burn each day. But in others, stores are harder to find and hikers ship supplies in advance to post offices that will hold the packages for them.

Also common is the use of "bounce boxes" filled with extra food, batteries or books, which hikers mail to themselves between the 121 post offices near the trail.

At the Fontana Dam office, the last resupply stop before the Smokeys, employee Brenda Williams said it's not unusual for her to give out 30 to 40 packages daily during peak hiking season. It's the busiest time of year for the post office in the town of about 30 full-time residents.

In Caratunk, hikers can pick up parcels at the post office less than half a mile from the trail. If that site closes, the nearest post office will be 7 miles up the road in West Forks, but that one's also slated for possible closure. The next-nearest is about 15 miles away.

Hikers toting walking sticks and lugging packs stream in and out of the post office during the hiking season, said Liz Caruso, a Caratunk selectwoman. Last year, 374 packages were mailed to the post office for hikers.

"They're always sitting outside the post office," Caruso said. "When you go into the post offices, the shelves are full of boxes for hikers."

The same holds at the post office in Glencliff, N.H., which is used by hundreds of hikers each year to receive food and heavier clothing as the seasons change from summer to autumn in the colder northern states, said William Reilly, the caretaker at the nearby Hikers Welcome Hostel.

"The most important thing for them is this is the last post office before the White Mountains, and they need their cold-weather gear," Reilly said.

On Thursday in Caratunk, Madelyn Hoagland-Hanson said hikers were signing a petition at a hostel in New Hampshire aimed at keeping the Glencliff post office open.

"It's a shame that the local post offices are closing," said the Philadelphia resident who has adopted the nickname "Trail Mix" on her trek from Connecticut to Mount Katahdin.

Thru-hiker Greg Brown, of Pleasantville, N.Y, said the towns along the trail in Maine are spaced far apart.

"I don't think there's much in the way of a grocery store. Otherwise you're going to have to carry everything you need from Stratton to Monson, which is like 80 miles," he said. (Monte has hiked most of the Appalachian Trail.)

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Postmistress Maie Beane chats with Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, from left, Greg Brown, and David Hyman, of Pleasantville, N.Y., and Madelyn Hoagland-Hanson, of Philadelphia, as they eat lunch outside the post office in Caratunk, Maine, July 28, 2011.

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Jul 31, 2011 6:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apple has more cash than the U.S. Postal Service

Monte, this is right up my alley. I have work in rural delivery for 18 years with the USPS. I have served as a local union steward, state delegate, and twice as a national delegate. The problem is not the Postal Service being able to be self-sufficient while keeping all these smaller offices open (it's not just rural either- we just got a new Postmaster who was excessed from Brentwood, MD- a city office, when it was shuttered), it is the forced overpayment of funding our retirees to the tune of $55-75 billion. The USPS Office of the Inspector General has estimated it at $75B, the Segal Corp did an independent audit and foud the number closer to $55B. Either way, if the USPS could stop putting any more money into the fund, there would be enough cash there to pay our retirees for over 20 years.

We could then keep offices open, and continue 6 day delivery.

Contact your congressman and ask him or her to support this bill:

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:h.r.01351:

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jul 31, 2011 7:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apple has more cash than the U.S. Postal Service

Thank you for your comments. Please let me link to an interesting conversation that goes something like this...

US Debt Showdown is "Political Theater"

"For 50 years, it has been unacceptable politically in the United States to ask what is basically a straightforward question. We have a particular economic system. It’s called capitalism. We have every right as a society to ask of that system, is it working? Is it working for us? Do the benefits and the costs balance themselves out in a way that says we want to keep the system, or that says we want to change the system, or that says we ought to look for an alternative system? We’ve been afraid to ask that question. We’ve been afraid to have public debates. That’s the legacy of the Cold War. We can’t afford anymore to not do that. We have to raise the question." -- Richard Wolff, July 28, 2011

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jul 30, 2011 2:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apple has more cash than the U.S. Postal Service

Monte,

I completely agree with your assessment of the "outsourcing" situation in the consumer electronics industry today. However, to remain competitive in the marketplace, manufacturer's chose to move manufacturing to Asia decades ago to lower costs and it would certainly prove to be interesting for someone to engineer a blueprint to bring cost-effective manufacturing back to the U.S.A.

I recall the 60's when Saul Marantz and Frank McIntosh hand built their amazing high-end audio tube electronics in New York.

If you had the disposable income, the sonic difference between say a Marantz 7C preamp and a pair of Model 9 amplifiers was eminently more musical compared to the integrated receiver counterpart of the day (a great electronic solution to plug your Ampex tape machine into) and for that matter 99% of all the Chinese made crap that exist's on today's market.

There were a handful of players in Silicon Valley in the computer industry in the 60's. IBM, Digital Equipment, Xerox who were some of the pioneers in what has grown to become the largest segment of the consumer electronics industry, computers and peripherals.

Apple manufacturers some amazing products that provide tools to students for learning, artist's for creating, businesses for data management and everyday folks for entertainment etc.

It's not all evil, and if you look at the inefficiency of the early mainframe computers, it's an interesting study in evolution when you compare those massive machines to say a Macbook Pro or for that matter the capabilities of the i-phone.


And even though it does appear to be "brutal slave conditions" most of the workers in Asia jump on these positions for lack of any other ethical opportunities to make a living.

That and the horrible industrial pollution is more the sad reality of the situation in my humble opinion.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jul 29, 2011 6:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apple Now Has More Cash Than The U.S. Government ?

if something doesn't change by the end of next week, i think i will have more cash on hand than the US gov't.....

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jul 29, 2011 6:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apple Now Has More Cash Than The U.S. Government ?

Really,

I mean this Debt crisis nonsense speaks volumes as to how flawed the two party (lobbyist) system in this country has become.

If the U.S. Government was managed as efficiently and passionately as Apple perhaps the network news channels might have to take a more global approach to their news reporting instead of all this doom and gloom nonsense.

the bush mantra didn't work, it's dead!




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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jul 30, 2011 12:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apple Now Has More Cash Than The U.S. Government ?

Thanks to Bear and GD, I got on the bus in 1972. The boys sounded so good to me (on tape) that I decided to tape them at shows in 1973. In return, my life has been infinitely enriched. Yes you're correct, I became an "industrial hippie", taper and soundman.

Following my hiking escapades on the Appalachian Trail in 1977, I completed my AA degree in Electronics. I cherry-picked one of the many very good job offers floating around my Portland, OR campus. TRW / Vidar, in San Luis Obispo, Calif, recruited and relocated me and 15 or 20 electronics techs from schools nationwide during their recruiting drive in 1978. They paid to relocate me from Portland, OR to San Luis Obispo in 1978.

TRW / Vidar techs Dave Lukedemire (L, from Kansas City) & Monte Barry
Pirate's Cove in 1978 (nude TRW / Vidar techs playing volleyball in background)
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In 1979 I hooked up with Ampex. They paid my relocation costs and moved me out to Colorado. By 1980 I was "hooked-in" at my Colorado "dream job". Ken Reynolds and I (Ampex electronics techs) did a weekender hiking trip in Colorado's Collegiate Peaks Range wilderness late in the fall.

Monte on the summit of Mount Columbia - Dec 1980 - Collegiate Peaks Range
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I've discussed the Alembic-modified Ampex 16-track tape deck used on the Europe '72 tour. Separately, I"ve also described the essence of the San Francisco workforce and the 1972 Ampex era in silicon valley. 1972, GD, Ampex, Alembic, Bear and myself are forever glued to this incredible year. I said I was very proud of this. It was a great time for any "industrial hippie" or American worker to make a living wage and to be innovative. What I said about Apple is that today their workers (and HP, Dell, IBM workers) are being paid $200 per month to work under brutal slave conditions in concentration camps in China. The contrast between 1972 and 2011 could not be any more striking to me.

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Poster: splue Date: Jul 30, 2011 8:32am
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vry nformative--thx!!

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Poster: Skobud Date: Jul 30, 2011 4:24am
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Just shut the fuck up you moron, please...Enough already with your nonsense.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jul 30, 2011 5:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apple Now Has More Cash Than The U.S. Government ?

Can I just ask one thing? Why are we so sure this is the same person? darkstarz does not seem the same to me as the person writing trash all the time. I don't want to "feed the trolls," but darkstarz does write knowledgeably about the Grateful Dead, and without offending anyone, no?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 30, 2011 12:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apple Now Has More Cash Than The U.S. Government ?

Hey RingLeeO--it does get confusing, and I can attest to the fact that the original Kman, prior to all Hell breaking loose, was more than capable of engaging in an exchange that would certainly pass for "acceptable/normal" hereabouts. We differed dramatically in our opinions, esp in regard to, of all things, WWI & WWII, and relative contributions of US, UK, Russkies, blah, blah, blah...though I am convinced he had/has his facts wrong, we discussed the matters without it falling completely apart.

However, things did go "wrong", for reasons we've all heard too much about, but SBud & CLIFF do seem to know at least some of his handles, and frankly, I just more or less steer clear of it...I only recognize the MO definitively when the same errors of fact surface in regard to military history--ie, that it must be Kman.

Nonetheless, a reasonable rule of thumb is to address the post rather than the poster; Kman, regardless of faults, is capable of exchanges without going off the deep end.

Unlike me--with me, you always get the same drivel, the same 68 focus, and the overabundance of nonDEAD historical trivia that really doesn't belong here, eh?

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jul 31, 2011 5:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apple Now Has More Cash Than The U.S. Government ?

>Unlike me--with me, you always get the same drivel, the same 68 focus, and the overabundance of nonDEAD historical trivia that really doesn't belong here, eh?

I don't think you could get away with using different handles here, you're definitely unique :)

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jul 30, 2011 4:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apple Now Has More Cash Than The U.S. Government ?

Ring, thank you for being intelligent.

I set up an e-mail account over a decade ago and darkstar was taken so i placed a . in-between and a z on the tail end and it was accepted. Hence the handle dark.starz which has been in use since.

I appreciate your personal reasons for discretion and internet privacy and recall a post of yours with a reference to not wanting to publish your e-mail address and respected that.

Everyone should have the right to post here and for whatever reason, if someone feels a need to disagree with an opinion, that should also be accepted.

Unfortunately, there are a few hateful people who feel a need to constantly express their hatred in repetitive broken record fashion and that is, well, unfortunate. Also, the exhausting sophmoric threads appearing recently are beyond silly and really don't deserve a response in my opinion.

I enjoy knowledge and always have an open mind for learning new stuff every day. There is this concept "free speech" and keeping the internet an "open" frontier is an important fundamental right.

So, thank you for your kind words and even though the wacko's will always have their day here it's more the assholes to steer clear of :)



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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jul 30, 2011 5:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apple Now Has More Cash Than The U.S. Government ?

You are a coward and a fraud Kochman, and you are fooling no one here. Take your medications and get yourself some help!

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jul 30, 2011 9:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apple Now Has More Cash Than The U.S. Government ?

Yes, Ring. We do know. Sean can provide you with an explanation on how he knows beyond any doubt that dark.starz is Kochman...